Turnbull Jr. Takes # 50 at Auto City Legends
By: Dave DeHem
John Turnbull Jr. set a personal best when He returned to the winners circle in the main event for the Turbo Blue Michigan Legends Series presented by Dr. Pepper this past Saturday night at the Auto City Speedway in Clio, Michigan. Turnbull has been close to grabbing a win the past season but was always denied by the racing gremlins. All that was not to be on the day we celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the 2 time series champion was able to put it all together for that 50th win.
Heat races were the first order of business with Turnbull Jr. grabbing the gold in Heat race #1 over Tony Monge and Timmy Near. Local standout and past Auto City Hornet Champion, Loren Short grabbed the top spot in Heat race # 2 over Matt Todd and Gary Joppich.
Second year Legends driver, Timmy Near would grab the point at the drop of the green in the 30 lap feature and hold on until the third lap when Turnbull would take over the top spot and hold it until lap 15 when earlier heat race winner Loren Short would gain the advantage at the front. From lap 15 through lap 25 the duo would put on an exciting battle for the lead with Turnbull finally gaining the lead at lap 25 and holding on until the end of the race at lap 30. Loren Short would hold on for second while Matt Todd, Tony Monge, and Sean McPherson would round out the top five. Guy Fire, Klayton Katterman, Rick Kilbourn, Gary Joppich, and Gregory Rudzik rounded out finishing positions 6 – 10.
The win was sweet for Turnbull Jr. who has been looking for that 50th win in Legends Cars for the last couple of years in a career that started back in December of 1994 at the Hoosier dome and has resulted in 2 championships and now 50 feature wins in over 8 states and well over 100 heat race wins to boot. On top of that Turnbull has also spent many years behind the wheel of a Super Late Model and has 32 feature wins in that type of car.
The series makes a return to the Springport Motor Speedway this coming Saturday night May 12, 2012 where Wix Filters will be the presenting sponsor of the night’s races. Just like this past week at Auto City and at every race this season, Dr. Pepper and HyDrive energy drinks will present a 12 pack of each to two lucky fans as these two beverages are the official soft drink and energy drink of the Turbo Blue Michigan Legends Series.
Come on out to the Springport Motor Speedway this coming Saturday for some great racing action and a chance to win some great Dr. pepper or HyDrive Energy drink. For complete schedule information and results, or if you need directions to Springport go to the official website of the Turbo Blue Michigan Legends www.michiganlegends.com and you can link to any of our sponsors and racing venues. We look forward to seeing “You at the Races” this summer.
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John Turnbull Jr. Feature Winner Auto City 5-5-1
Loren Short Heat Race Winner Auto City 5-5-12
Matt Todd 3rd Place Auto City 5-5-12
Sean Mcpherson 5th Place Auto City 5-5-12Veteran Driver & Past Champion Rick Kilbourn Auto City 5-5-12
Auto City 5-5-12
Auto City 5-5-12